The Introduction To A Personal God By Evangelist Sam Biggers

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.  Genesis 1:1-2 NASB

The first four opening words introduce us to a Deity, Elohim; the most common of the many names of God.  This ancient name in creation for God conveys the idea of His creative power, authority and sovereignty.   It represents the Hebrew conception of identifying the divine nature or character of God, as well as the revelation of God to mankind.

The most compelling argument is not the process of creation, but the origin of creation.  God spoke into the formless darkness and chaos and brought order into being.  It requires more faith to believe the earth “just happened” or “evolved” than to believe God did truly create this wonderful universe.

The Bible is not written from man’s perspective, but from God’s perspective.  God doesn’t attempt to prove to mankind His handiwork is not a product of blind chance and probability; He created it.  The Bible not only tells us the world was created by God; most important, it tells us who God is and reveals His personality and plan for His creation.  It further reveals God’s deep desire is to have a continual relationship and fellowship with the mankind He created.  The Bible guides us in a very personal way to this God who created the universe.

God had no need to create the universe; He chose to create the universe.  God is love and love is best expressed toward someone or something.  Let us avoid reducing God’s act of love in creation to mere scientific terms.  God created the universe because He loves us.

The statement “the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep” discloses to us the earth lacked order and needed for God to bring order out of chaos.  The soul who does not accept the Lordship of Christ is in a state of chaos.

The “Spirit of God moving over the surface of the waters” gives us the image of God’s care and protection for something from which He would bring beauty and life from emptiness.  He can do the same for us today.  He will turn the darkness and brokenness of our spirit and soul into a life filled with love, hope, joy and peace by an act of His grace if we will believe and trust in Him.